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 4.6 (13) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An amazing karst trail featuring incredible views.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

1,040' 317 m

High

865' 264 m

Low

276' 84 m

Up

287' 87 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great scrambling for kids.

Overview

What makes this route special is the landscape. From the trail, visitors can see large rock formations called hoodoos, tunnels, arches, cliffs, waterfalls, and lofty views. Expect rocky terrain on this natural, single use trail.

Need to Know

Should you venture off the trail, there are areas where the rocks can be slick from trickling water and the ground can be muddy.

Description

From the parking area, expect a trailhead that veers into the woods then splits. Travelers can go right or left as the trail is a loop and will bring you back to this location.

When following the trail to the left at this split, expect a stretch through woods that opens into large rock formations. Here you'll see the "Keyhole" and "Terrapin," both of which are lovely and amazing areas. Continue on down the stairs and the trail will take you to Pickle Creek and eventually Pickle Springs.

The rolling trail will eventually begin to curve back around to the trailhead. The way is rolling, so you'll experience a bit of elevation change on the way out and on the way back. The grade is quite gentle though.

Along the way, be sure to stop at the bluffs and enjoy the view.

Flora & Fauna

There are amazing ferns and mosses found only in this area left over from the Mississippian Era. Typical pines, and oak will shade your journey. If you should find yourself off trail, look out for cactus as well.

Contacts

Shared By:

Susan Stevenson

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  4.6 from 13 votes

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Photos

A piney glade on a sunny day!
Feb 27, 2016 near Farmington, MO
Taking in the Pickle Springs Bluffs from a new angle.
Feb 27, 2016 near Farmington, MO
Great rock formations can be seen at Pickle Springs.
Feb 27, 2016 near Farmington, MO
"Terrapin" Rock is one of many features on display at Pickle Springs.
Feb 27, 2016 near Farmington, MO

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Jul 12, 2020
Lannie Fuselier
13h 50m
May 31, 2020
Guy Dar
great for families 2mi
Sep 26, 2019
Jill Bryant
Jun 1, 2019
Jeff W
Apr 17, 2019
Brett David
A little muddy in the trench. At times around the boulders the trail was hard to find. If I went again, I'd go left at the beginning. 2.1mi — 1h 07m
Mar 27, 2019
Josh B
2.5mi — 1h 45m
Mar 16, 2019
Brett Haertling
Easy trail with amazing views. Every hundred feed is a new, interesting feature to stare at. 2mi — 4h 00m
Feb 24, 2019
Josh B
took lots of pics. soggy in parts. reminds me of Petit Jean. beautiful. 2.5mi